Podcast Interview with John Coy, Author of Their Great Gift and Hoop Genius

By Libby Stille, Publicist

Today on The Lerner Podcast we talk to author John Coy about school visits, writing picture books about basketball, and what he’s working on now.

The Lerner Podcast with John Coy

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Books discussed

Their Great Gift cover

Their Great Gift: Courage, Sacrifice, and Hope in a New Land, written by John Coy, with photographs by Wing Young Huie

★”A heartfelt reminder of a significant American ideal.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews 

★”Coy and photographer Huie . . . deliver a visual smorgasbord that informs young readers—and reminds older ones—how the United States was and continues to be made.”—starred, Publishers Weekly 

★”An ideal jumping-off place for teachers and parents interested in starting a conversation about a timely topic.”—starred, School Library Journal 

Read an interview with Wing and an interview with John on the blog.

Hoop Genius cover

Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball, written by John Coy and illustrated by Joe Morse

★”Spare, precise language reflects the game’s welcome sense of order as well as its athletic appeal. Morse’s kinetic paintings, at once dynamic and controlled, fill the spreads, capturing the game’s combination of power and finesse.”—starred, The Horn Book Magazine

Game Changer cover

Game Changer: John McLendon and the Secret Game, written by John Coy and illustrated by Randy DuBurke

★”[An] exciting account of a landmark game played ahead of its time.”—starred, Booklist

★”[S]killfully highlights both the energy and importance of the game and the dangerous social climate in which it was played.”—starred, Publishers Weekly 

Lerner authors available for school visits

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Click here for more information on John’s school visits, and find a map of Lerner authors available for school visits here.

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